SA Stories - May 2015


Maggie Beer - Orchard House

Maggie Beer - Orchard House Maggie Beer - Orchard House

Surrounded by the heritage orchard that Maggie Beer has nurtured back to life for her range of gourmet products, Orchard House offers an accommodation experience handpicked by Maggie. Located in the Barossa, Orchard House consists of two bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and light-filled living areas that can comfortably accommodate up to four adults. Offering top of the line kitchen appliances (of course), fresh produce and Maggie Beer products – visitors are guaranteed an authentic Barossa experience. More than just a bed and breakfast, this is the ultimate escape from the hustle of day to day life. 

New Restaurants for CBD

Kang Kong Kang Kong Restaurant

Kang Kong and Gypsy Dragon are the city’s newest duo to call Waymouth Street home. Incorporating restaurant and bar within the one concept – patrons can start in the funky outdoor bar area before tantalising their tastebuds in the restaurant. Occupying some laneway space in Topham Mall, graffiti-decorated Gypsy Dragon is the perfect bar to soak up the buzzing atmosphere while enjoying a beer, cider or exotic cocktail. Inside, local South Australian products are the hero ingredients used to create Kang Kong’s signature dishes of traditional Asian-fusion.


Five day South Australian wildlife adventure

Five day South Australian wildlife adventure Five day South Australian wildlife adventure

If you love seeing animals in their native habitat, have a thirst for adventure and want to explore South Australia’s wild side – this tour is for you. Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours' new five day tour explores two of South Australia’s most popular regions – Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula. In between sandboarding and kayaking, participants will see the landmarks of Kangaroo Island. During the Eyre Peninsula stay, you will have the chance to hand-feed and swim with tuna, bushwalk through Port Lincoln’s National Park and also have the option to Shark Cage Diving with great white sharks.

Adelaide Sightseeing

McLaren Vale McLaren Vale

Adelaide Sightseeing now offer two new exciting tours of the city and surrounds. The first explores Adelaide’s Southern region that includes trekking down the picturesque southern coastline and visiting the award winning wine region of McLaren Vale. Participants have the opportunity to taste many well-known labels and enjoy a lunch at local institution, Red Poles. A behind the scenes look at the iconic Adelaide Oval has been added to the City Highlights tour. Participants will receive exclusive access to re-live the past of one of Australia’s most historical sporting ground. In addition, the tour will explore the landmarks of Adelaide's central business district.


Craig Wickham Craig Wickham and wife Janet

A passion for local produce, a background in nature and experience in hospitality is what led Craig Wickham down the path to become the managing director of touring company, Exceptional Kangaroo Island. The business’s reputation has sky-rocketed domestically and internationally since it originated in 1990 when Craig managed the marketing for his family’s Kangaroo Island (KI) accommodation business.

“I decided to package it up with my tours and things really grew from there,” Craig says. “Today, the team includes a suite of guides, chef, and a maintenance and operations team which means I wear many different hats within the business. My wife Janet is also an integral part of the operations. ”

Highlighting the island’s untouched beauty and natural transformations is a remarkable experience provided by Exceptional KI. However, Craig says those unfamiliar with KI’s magic do not realise that the cooler months are actually a time when the beauty of the island comes alive. “The winter is Kangaroo Island’s best kept secret. There are fantastic walks to waterfalls, orchids, lots of wildlife, spectacular ocean swells, creeks and rivers running a banker and emerald green rural landscapes,” he said.

With the array of tour options available to suit all tastes, Craig deems the use of marketing to maintain demand and quality-control to deliver an unforgettable experience as the most important aspects of his job. “It’s all worth it though. To see the delight on guests’ faces when they see our wildlife up close in the wild is really rewarding. Many have rated their time on our tour in the top five days of their lives,” he adds.

Throughout his 25 years running the business, Craig has come to see why people fall in love with Kangaroo Island. “Once visitors arrive they discover an important sense of solitude and sense of the place being a microcosm of Australia that really resonates with them”.


New Adelaide Hills Best Backyard Campaign

South Australian’s are being encouraged to visit the Adelaide Hills in a new commercial , which is part of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s best backyard campaign series. The 30 and 60 second commercial follows a young couple’s journey around the Adelaide Hills as they uncover and explore the region visiting multiple local operators and experiencing the best of the region. The aim of the campaign is to encourage South Australians to enjoy the food and wine, rolling hills and the change of pace the Adelaide Hills has to offer. The commercial will air on television, in cinemas and is available to watch on YouTube.

Adelaide Hills - Lose yourself in the land of the long lunch

Plonk Season 2 Trailer Launch

PLONK, the satirical wine show by The Chasers, takes a comedic and insightful look into the trials and tribulations that go into the making of a serious lifestyle program. Season two, which premiers exclusively on STAN in June 2015, was filmed in South Australia and is proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission. The six-episode series journeys across six regions including the Barossa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Limestone Coast and the Adelaide Hills, and features more than 30 different locations across South Australia. The episodes incorporate the stories of more than 90 South Australian wine makers, local personalities and local business owners. Season 1 was a huge success reaching an estimated 5 million people through television, online and inflight entertainment.

South Australian tourism operators recognised at awards night

South Australian tourism operators were honoured on home soil at the 2015 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards receiving a total of eight medals. Pindarie Cellar Door and Yondah Beach House were presented with the highest accolade, winning gold in the categories of Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries, and Deluxe Accommodation. Five silver medals and one bronze medal were also awarded to different South Australian operators throughout the night. Local South Australian performers entertained guests on the Awards show which was held at the newly refurbished Adelaide Convention Centre.

New Luxury Sofitel Hotel for Adelaide

The first internationally branded luxury hotel in nearly three decades will be built in the Adelaide CBD on Currie Street in 2017. The 32 storey Sofitel tower will include 250 rooms and suites, a restaurant, four bars, ballroom, swimming pool, health and fitness centre, meeting and conference rooms and a signature club lounge. There will be 80 residential apartments over the top eight floors of the hotel. The new addition of accommodation into the Adelaide CBD will help attract significant increases in tourism, business travel and conferences to the city. 150 permanent jobs will also be created with the completion of the hotel in 2018. The hotel will be operated by Accor who will manage the hotel under its luxury Sofitel brand.

YHA Gets Connected with Free Wi-Fi for Guests

YHA is the first backpacker accommodation in Australian to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to guests. Hotspots have been placed in communal areas to encourage guests to share their travel and YHA experience. Over half of the YHA properties now have Wi-Fi hotspots with all properties set to be connected by the end of 2015. This added service has been put in place to enhance the overall experience for every guest.

Guide to KI

Sealink have launched a new 64 page guide to plan the ultimate Kangaroo Island and South Australian getaway. The guide features a range of holiday packages and tours, details on things to see and do, and useful information including maps. It also includes an abundance of budget options. The guide is incredibly easy to use and full of great ideas to plan the perfect holiday.

Sealink unveils new tours

Sealink have launched a new range of self-drive holidays and tour packages for visitors vying for a true South Australian experience. There are 45 different packages available to an array of destinations; including Kangaroo Island, Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Murray River, Victor Harbor and Glenelg. The affordable packages offer flexible accommodation options ranging from budget to luxury. With multiple tours to choose from there is something to suit everyone.

Goin’ Off Safaris New Coach

Port Lincoln based tour company Goin’ Off Safaris have added a brand new deluxe coach to their touring fleet. The 24-passenger vehicle will be used to cater to the smaller touring and allow for more flexibility in their tours, especially the Port Lincoln Highlights and Coffin Bay Explorer day trips. The coach is an addition to the luxurious 4WD that takes families, corporate and incentive groups on personalised and custom tours around the Eyre Peninsula.


South Australian Markets

Markets Barossa Farmers Markets

Make the most of South Australia’s array of fresh produce and local ingredients this winter at one of the weekend markets happening around the State.

Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, is a stunning sight in the cooler months and is home to the award winning Stirling Markets. Occurring on the fourth Sunday of every month from 10am – 4pm, the market boasts 80 stalls which make, bake or grow all of the products sold. Entertainment and a great atmosphere guaranteed. .

Everyone knows the fertile soil of the Barossa grows some of the world’s most renowned vineyards, but did you know that this also includes some of the Australia’s finest produce? The Barossa Farmers Markets, which occurs every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am, allows visitors to taste and purchase the best of the region. With more than 50 local stallholders; including meat, smallgoods, cheese and confectionery – it is safe to say you won’t go home empty handed.

Adelaide Farmers’ Market located at the Adelaide Showgrounds is South Australia’s largest farmers’ market. The well-known produce market offers an experience for consumers to meet and connect with the growers and producers of South Australian food and produce. Make your way down to the market, mingle with the producers and locals and pick up your week’s groceries. The market is held every Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

If it’s fashion that tantalises your tastebuds then the Gilles Street Market is not to be missed. The fun and quirky fashion and design market is held on the third Sunday of each month from May to September. Filled with a treasure-trove of more than 90 stalls of vintage, retail clearance, designer samples, new designers and pre-loved fashion and accessories – it’s a mecca for those after a bargain. With food stalls on-site to keep you going, there’s no other place you’d rather be on a Sunday for a little retail is a great day out to pick up some premier fashion and food.


Kernewek Lowender
Sea and Vines

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
15-17 May, Clare Valley
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia and celebrates the end of vintage each year with the region’s award-winning wine and food. The experience is further enhanced with live music and the backdrop of stunning Clare Valley.

Kernewek Lowender
18-24 May, Yorke Peninsula
The Kernewek Lowender is the largest Cornish Festival in the Southern Hemisphere and honours the Cornish heritage of the Copper Coast. Join more than 30,000 people at the cultural festival as it pays tribute to those who have passed through the traditional dressing of the graves, street processions, furry and maypole dancing, and art displays. In 2015 the event will be welcoming international Cornish comedian, Kernow King, and all-time favourite Celtic rock-band, The Borderers.

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
21-24 May, Limestone Coast
The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is one of regional Australia’s leading arts festivals. It focuses on the literary and arts heritage of Penola, as well as the fine wines and premium produce from the Coonawarra. The program is filled with exhibitions, performances, workshops and events.

Come Out Festival
22-30 May, Adelaide
Come Out Festival is South Australia’s premier arts event for children. The festival emerged from the Adelaide Festival of Arts and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. This is a family event that will prove to be enjoyable for all.

The Great Breakaways Marathon
23 May, Flinders Ranges and Outback
On your marks, get set . . . bolt! This fundraiser sees participants walk, run or ride across the time-worn ochre landscape Coober Pedy is famous for.

South Australian Country Music Festival and Awards
29 May – 8 June, Riverland
Barmera comes alive with country music over 10 days. Enjoy new talent, old favourites, workshops, tributes, awards, dinners and breakfasts. Relax and enjoy the backdrop of beautiful Lake Bonney while listening to stunning country music.

Cabaret Fringe Festival
31 May – 28 June, Adelaide
The Cabaret Fringe Festival is an open-access arts festival held annually in June, celebrating cabaret. Performers come from all corners of the world to join the celebrations in clubs, bars and venues across Adelaide, offering the audience an experience like no other.

Melrose Fat Tyre Festival
5-8 June, Flinders Ranges and Outback
The Melrose Fat Tyre Festival welcomes mountain bike riders of all ages and abilities to come and test out their skills on the well renowned trails around beautiful Melrose in the Flinders Ranges. The long weekend is very family-orientated offering events for children, BMX jump displays, modular pump track, giant games, and street parties with stalls, food, live music, entertainment, and awesome giveaways Events include Mini D time trials, mountain bike orienteering, modular pump track mountain bike/BMX skills clinics, bike maintenance courses and guided rides for all abilities.

Sea and Vines
5-8 June, Fleurieu Peninsula
Savour the flavours of the Fleurieu. Wine, food, music, tastings, long lunches and more are in store at this much-loved event. It’s the perfect way to explore the region and discover new wineries in the company of friends and family.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
5-20 June, Adelaide
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has earned a reputation for showcasing the best local, national and international artists in the cabaret genre. The 2014 program featured hundreds of artists performing over a two week period and 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with new Artistic Director, Barry Humphries on board.

SA Truck and Ute Show
7 June, Riverland
An array of new and vintage trucks and utes will be showcased at this event, which takes place in the main street of Mannum. Enjoy food, craft and a mini market, along with an area for children’s entertainment.

  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Sea and Vines
  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Cellar Door
  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Whale Watching
  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Art Gallery
  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Cellar Door
  • It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
    Adelaide Oval
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